Hulping Cheng (center) explores the UWM Biological Sciences Greenhouse with her two sons, Eric and Jacob Yan, and her parents, Hehna and Dajing Cheng. Many families participated in a plant scavenger hunt created by greenhouse volunteers. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Urban planning graduate students Karen Blanco (left) and Steven Madsen show a current School of Architecture & Urban Planning project to UWM architecture alum Rochelle Brien. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
School of Architecture & Urban Planning employee and Spanish major Amy Sorenson (right) shows visitors a mold produced by a 3-D printer at the architecture school. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Khaydin Allen, 3, watches presentations in the UWM Planetarium with his mother, Antoinette O'Bee. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Ian Cessna, campus ambassador and film major, shows visitors a photo from the 1960s of Vogel Hall taken at the spot where they were standing. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Visitor Chris Foshager looks through some historical artifacts at the UWM Archives in the Golda Meir Library. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Visitor Tim Seifert checks out historical and contemporary maps, atlases and globes at the American Geographic Society In the Golda Meir Library. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
UWM’s campus was bustling with more than 2,300 visitors during the seventh-annual Doors Open Milwaukee, a weekend-long event where community members and tourists get behind-the-scenes looks at sites throughout the city. Several UWM departments and schools participated by giving informational tours and presentations as well as inviting visitors to explore UWM sites, some of which aren’t normally open to the public.
On campus, UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium staff gave 45-minute presentations about our earth, our solar system and the universe while UWM Biological Sciences Greenhouse volunteers created a scavenger hunt that helped visitors explore the 17-room, state-of-the-art greenhouse. In UWM’s Golda Meir Library, Special Collections, Archives and the American Geographical Society Library opened their extensive collections for public exploration while staff members were available to provide additional expertise about the collections.
In Milwaukee’s Harbor District, visitors explored UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, including the Neeskay, the school’s research vessel. Researchers and collaborators presented their research about topics such as beach restoration, invasive species, aquaculture and more.